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and kill and wound so many people without reloading even once. the law, senator diane feinstein pushed through congress in 1994 made large capacity ammunition delivery systems illegal. wayne lapierre made them legal ten years ago. wayne lapierre made no public statement whatsoever after the movie theater mass murder. after that mass murder, so successfully used the weapon systems that wayne lapierre made available to him. instead, wayne lapierre simply sent out a letter, a letter asking for money. asking for contributions to the nra over and above dues. and as with every solicitation of money, wayne lapierre lied to every poor fool who fell for it. he said in his letter "nothing less than the future of our country and our freedom will be at stake." wayne lapierre did not announce today a national shopping mall parking lot shield program. because wayne lapierre has no suggestion about how to prevent or even in some way inhibit, maybe just somehow reduce the possibility of what happened to 9-year-old christina taylor greene, who was murdered because she chose to stand in a parking lot in
for a big tax decrease off of what will then be current law. >> jared, you've got a post -- i just want to go back for a moment. while this ping-pong game is going on in washington, you've got a post on your blog showing the real drag this is having on consumer confidence. so, i mean, what can the president do to protect the economy and try to restore some degree of confidence while these negotiations are going on? >> i think it's a really great, important question. and i think what he has to do is continue to press for a compromise. i've always been struck by how strong the white house is trying to stand on a couple of measures in the compromise to support the 2013 economy. you just mentioned consumer confidence taking a hit from the cliff. but of course there's millions of people who would lose their unemployment benefits. and the white house has been holding fast on a deal that includes temporary jobs measures for 2015. while the white house can push that as hard as it wants, it remains up to the house republicans to take measures that would actually get this -- turn this more into a
but this is not the present i wanted. >> it is always the mother-in-law. come on, is that not too stereo typical. wouldn't you rather have the mother-in-law help you clean up in the clean up or husband or grandfather or a bunch of screnaling kids. >> it is because the mother-in-laws do help. the father-in-laws show up and grab a beer. be honest . sit down on a couch and where's football . johnnie, how are you these past couple of months . they are sitting there with salted nuts and a beer. mother-in-laws come and try to help . they end up having a conflict, right. it is territorial and we have the quish over here and turkey over here and i am doing it my way. am i wrong? >> this is why i don't have a mother-in-law. it is a big problem. i see no need for a mother-in-law at this point. >> i will take a mother-in-law as opposed to a housefull of screaming kids that are being bratty. >> it was cleaned up and watching the kids and my wife was able to focus on doing the meal and a well oiled machine. e-mail us and tweet us as well. >> we are down to the wire. >> final day to run out and get last minute christmas gi
that will become law. yes, it is a tough vote, a very complicated, complex issue. it is something that many of us had been fighting for in the particulars of this and in personal lives as well. it was a very high priority for us. let's just say money. big money out there on the sides of those who would not be opposed. by the way, i do not paint all hunters with the same brush. i think this gives hunters a bad name. it is undeserved. many of them think it should be banned and that is what i am so proud that we are taking that view to make that distinction. there were no prospects of success and we one of the members to be here to continue to make about fight so that when there was a prospect of success they would be here rather than being cleared out by the nra. we saw that in 1994 when we were cleared out. >> let me add to that. one of my jobs is the job of chief deputy whip. back in that time, we had to vote to pass sensible gun legislation through the house, but when the senate said they could not do 60 votes, the leader made the decision that it really was not the thing to do at that time when
. >> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones, and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> do you personally believe, congressman, that gun-free school zones have been invitations to mayhem and that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? >> well, i think that when you look at school safety, you've got to put armed guards into the equation. i've made it clear that it should not be a mandatory law that every school has there. there should be local choice but absolutely, i believe that protecting our children with an armed guard who is trained is an important part of the equation. we have two-thirds of our schools or, excuse me, one-third of our schools in america right now with an armed off-duty police officer or resource officer. if you have a choice of sending your child to a school that has that type of protection versus not, i think most people in america would say, let's go to what would be the school that invests in that type of safety and security. >> so when
you my standard is this -- you can't legislate morality. legislation works on the sane, the law abiding. it doesn't work on criminals -- >> if it's possible to reduce the loss of life, you're up for trying it? >> there are monsters out there every day and we need to do something to stop them. >> if it's possible to reduce the loss of life, you're worth trying it, correct? >> i want it. that's what i'm proposing. >> let's stipulate you're right. let's say armed guards might work. let's widen the argument a little bit. here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. isn't it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said can you only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets, isn't it just possible we could reduce the carnage in a situation like -- >> i don't believe that's going to make one difference. there are so many ways to evade that. you had that for ten years when dianne feinstein passed that ban in '94, it was on the books. columbine occurred right in the middle of it. it didn't make any difference. i know everyone -- this tow
in the country under the thumb of the federal government. >> sorry, the law requires a five-day waiting period. >> that was a completely [ bleep ] idea from the start. >> five days? but i'm mad now. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school, then call me crazy. >> you're crazy. >> you like to know if you had a deranged neighbor that had a gun. >> how do you know if your neighbor is deranged? >> not every human being should own a gun. not every gun should be available at any time. >> always kind of that guy, here is the weird one that walks down the street. you start wondering if this guy has the gun. >> you're crazy. >> oh, good stuff. let's get right to our panel. professor james peterson is director of africana studies at lehigh university. and matt lewis is senior contributor to the daily caller. professor, i want to start with you. according to the most recent polling we've seen, you have about 70% of americans mistakenly believe there are already certain licensing and registration measures in place. >> that's right. >> and then we've seen polls that sugg
reports despite having criticism the n.r.a. is not backing down to any new gun laws. >> the sunday morning talk shows hosted heated debates over gun control. >> the fact that something is misused whether it's a baseball bat or the mass killing in a chinese school with an ax and a knife, doesn't mean you deny baseball bats or guns. >> but the easy availability of guns is a contributing factor. and you can't keep that off the table. >> politicians went toe-to-toe on solutions that could prevent a tragedy like the shooting at sandy hook elementary. the n.r.a. is not budging from the stance they took on friday calling for armed guards in our school. >> the former undersecretary is working on the n.r.a. for this. he called the armed security a deterrent, an effective way to deter people. >> you provide safety with armed personnel without putting fear in anyone. >> gun violence is down. >> but we have to keep working on this. and there are are lots of different solutions. the pro gun people who say don't include guns are wrong and the pro gun safety pe
. they're two very different things. nra members want commonsense gun laws. the washington leadership fights very hard against them. you're going to see that rift widening after today's weird performance. >> here's a bit what was he said from his news conference today, wayne lapierre. i called congress to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation and to do it now to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in january. is there any research or evidence that in fact arming security guards, arming teachers, arming administrators, would be an effective solution here? >> no. there's no research that says that putting more firearms in the hands of trained or untrained professionals in a shoot-out is going to make anybody who's sitting around safer. but there's lots of evidence that it won't. let me tell you a couple things. first of all, in my home state of colorado, at columbine there was a deputy sheriff there, there was another security guard nearby, they were not able to stop wh
if the deal is not reached this week, but potential strike, law shoreman threatening to walk off the ports in the east on gulf coast. this could disrupt billions of dollars in shipments. joining us now ed butowsky, a hell of a way to start a week with the threat after strike. to put it in context, when l.a. had a dock workers strike ten years ago, it cost a billion dollars a day. this is going to affect ports in newark, houston, miami, this could be several billion dollar hits every day to our economy? >> yeah, and i tell you, when you look at it, it's really similar. there are some parallels to the fiscal cliff discussion. because the arguments are about are the royalty payments that the dock workers get for bringing merchandise on board and unloading the cargo and what the similarity is really that we're not-- they're not talking about more business, they're talking about how do we split up the same pie and same thing with the fiscal cliff, we're not talking growing the economy, how do you split up the economy getting the tax revenue and the same thing with the longshoreman strike. which
1980, 44 states have passed some form of law advocated by the nra that allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons. just in the past four years across 37 states, the nra and its allies have helped to pass 99 laws making guns easier to own, to carry in public, and harder to track. the group has helped pass legal gems like allowing gun owners in kansas to carry concealed weapons in elementary schools, and extending gun permits in nebraska to people who have pled guilty to a violent crime. while it's illegal in most states to drink and drive, in eight states, you can bring your gun to the bar. thanks to the nra, you can now carry a firearm on an amtrak train or to a family trip to a national park. not only has the nra been the primary force responsible for blocking gun control legislation, it has also been leading the charge to weaken accountability in the gun manufacturing industry. in 2005 at the urging of the nra, congress passed a law that specifically shields gun manufacturers from lawsuits seeking to hold them accountable for crimes committed by the weapons they produce and se
of government where nobody is above the law. where we have an obligation to hold each other accountable. >> president obama was not only honoring a public servant who inspired him personally, but paying homage to a past or a functional one. a past that is a flash in the rear-view mirror of this congress because this is the congress of today. >> as you know, the house did not take up the tax bill last night because we didn't have the votes to pass it. it's not the outcome that i wanted. that was the will of the house. >> it was the will of the house to do nothing? on thursday night, the members of the elected house of representatives decided it would you describe not their will to take a vote on their own leadership's proposal. it would have exempted the first million dollars of income from a tax increase. there was no chance of being passed into law as the president made clear he would veto it. if the speaker's plan b passed the democrat controlled senate. this was a republican proposal. house democrats would not have supported it. democrats couldn't agree to vote on it. instead, they w
of connecticut a similar law to the one adopted here banning assault weapons. this has been a heroin, terrific week in the state of connecticut, culminating in today's moment of silence at 9:30. the end of the week and i spent the better part of the time meeting with first responders, families, going to funerals and wakes and speaking with ordinary people of newtown and the state of connecticut. the refrain i have heard over and over again from newtown and connecticut and all the run the country is you need to do something about the guns. the nra statement today is sadly and shamefully inadequate, calling for more guns and rejecting real action against gun violence. at a defining a historic moment for our nation demanding courageous leadership, the nra has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner. the proposal for more armed guards in schools may be helpful in some instances, but it falls short of the strong, serious comprehensive action needed to stop the kind of horrific tragedy that occurred last week. many police that spoke to me on that day when we take a said that
the violence in connecticut, colorado and other places, but steered the conversation away from guns and gun law. indeed he lambasted officials who want to restrict guns from schools. >> in doing so they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> the nra has blood on its hands. >> reporter: despite twice being interrupted by protesters, lapierre went on to blame the media. >> a child growing up in america today witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18. and does anybody really believe that the next adam lanza isn't planning his attack on a school? he's already identified at this very moment. >> reporter: he announced plans for what he calls a national school shield program, to recruit and train volunteers to thwart such attacks. can you answer one question, mr. keen? but details on how that might work remain unclear. for all their statements, nra officials are still not answering questions. some of this is almost certainly a reminder to congress members all
is standing tough in opposition to new gun laws after the newtown massacre. the ceo went on tv today to defend his call for armed guards in every u.s. school. cnn's barbara starr tells us what he said and how people in high places of power are reacting to it. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> how many more? >> reporter: performers and artists now joining with 800 mayors calling for a plan to end gun violence. but wayne lapierre, the chief executive officer and public face of the national rifle association, made clear on nbc's "meet the press" that his organization will oppose legislation adding new restrictions to the sale of weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines. >> look, i know there's a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happensism know there's an anti-second amendment industry in this town. i know there's political leads that for 20 years always try to say it is because americans own guns. i'm telling you what i think will make people safe. and what every mom and dad will make them better, they drop their kid off at school i
. but how do you define and that codify that into law? that's a much trickier issue. david: that was scott rasmussen with the latest poll on gun control and don't forget to tune into varney 9:20 sharp. and nicole-- okay, we'll go back to nicole, as soon as we find her, she's wandering the floor of the nyse. and stuart may be out this christmas eve, that doesn't mean he isn't spreading holiday cheer. liston what he has to say at 10:45, a christmas message from stuart. meanwhile, we are headed towards the fiscal cliff and if congress doesn't act soon the the u.s. economy could take a nosedive right off it. all this have comes as capitol hill, could a value-added tax be in the pipeline? are we slowly turning to europe. david, good to see you. and we already see us moving in terms of spending to the european model. will we move in terms of tax policy to the european model, specifically to a value-added tax like they have in most of europe? >> personally i think we should. >> on top of what we have, on top of an income tax. >> we need to cut back and what i would cut back is replacement for the
extreme mental illness with several rights laws is a deeper issue than gun control. >host: how should vice president joe biden and the white house address this. mental illness is part of the debate and will be part of the solution. >> i think they really need to look at civil rights laws and be able to intervene more aggressively with mental health professionals when people show a consistent pattern of mental illness. i think you can travel through any city in america and see massive amounts of people who are not capable of taking care of themselves. as a society, we are not humanitarian when we leave them to defend themselves. >host: this argument is not new. it is highlighted in the extensive report in "the washington post." the chair of the senate judiciary committee, joe biden, we will hear from him. the witness testifies and next to him is sarah brady whose husband was shot during the reagan assassination attempt back in 1981, jim brady. still law was named after him. let's take you back to that hearing -- [video clip] >> life is completely shattered. my daughter's life is completely
ban better, any more effective? >> you want one more law on top of 20,000 laws. most of the federal gun laws we don't even adhere to. >> the other big story in washington, nine days until the fiscal cliff and no deal in sight with the president and congress home for the holidays, today key senators from both sides weigh in on the prospects of ayn greem before new year's. >> you know, if you look at the final positions last monday of both the president and speaker boehner, they were this close. they were this close to a solution. >> if he were to say and the president were to say we're going to pass a bill, with a majority of democrats and majority of republicans in the house and senate, we could get a mainstream bill. >> if you want leaders, you have to lead. the president's been a pathetic fiscal leader. he's produced three budgets and can't get one vote for any of them. boehner will be tip o'neill, obama needs to be reagan. i would vote for revenues including tax rate hikes, even though i don't like them, to stave country from becoming greece. >> today, despite the president being
the national rifle association's opposition to any new gun laws, president obama insists an action is not an option when it comes to protecting children. while democrats and republicans are upset over the massacre in newtown, the country remains polarized on the issue of gun control. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is in washington. we know that some lawmakers came forward and expressed interest in introducing legislation about gun control, but i guess the question is will they really in the new year? >> reporter: it really -- the reaction, especially and even among republicans to the nra idea is sort of muted at best. it's not a lot of enthusiasm on capitol hill for the idea of the federal government stepping in and endorsing the idea of all schools having armed police officers. never mind funding it. listen to a couple of senators, starting with a republican. >> we had an armed guard in columbine. we had an assault ban. none of it worked. we're talking about preventing mass murder from nontraditional criminals. people who are not traditional criminals, who are
of more gun laws, the opposite of the nra, also offer this point. they remind everyone, there was an armed security officer at columbine high school the day of that 1999 massacre and that person could not stop that event. what they say is controlling gun violence now requires a package of solutions, mental health solutions for those who are mentally ill, gun laws and potentially more for schools a package of solutions beyond the schoolhouse door. miguel? >> a tough question in washington but what can only be described by a rant on friday by wayne lapierre what is your sense of it? the tone of it the fact he blamed anybody but didn't see any role for the nra to really play in this, how did that play, you think, in washington? >> reporter: well, the media machine that he referenced, i think you can well imagine, a good deal of the press corps found themselves perhaps scratching their head about that one. some people, of course, do support the nra and mr. lapierre. i think the real question, as you say, is one now of political muscle. will those who want to see more gun laws enacted have the
steps. but in 10 days, we face a deadline. in 10 days, under current law, tax rates are scheduled to rise on most americans. and even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us, every single one of us, agrees that tax rates should not go up for the other 98% of americans, which includes 97% of small businesses. every member of congress believes that. every democrat. every republican. so there is absolutely no reason not to protect these americans from a tax hike. but the very least, let us agree right now on what we already agree on. let us get that done. i just spoke to speaker boehner and met with senator reid. i have asked congress to work on a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans, protect unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on growth and deficit reduction. that is an achievable goal. that can get done in 10 days. once this legislation is agreed to, i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it p
to compromise. >> senator lindsey graham was "meet the press this morning. >> we are one law away from solving this problem. this problem runs deep and wide. i live in south carolina and chuck lives in new york. i understand how he was brought up. maybe he tries to understand how i was rabrought up. people where i live i have been christmas shopping have been coming up to me, please don't let the government take my guns away. >> how realistic do you think that is? >> chuck is my boss. anything chuck says absolutely 100%. >> who said there wasn't politics on the show today? >> it's a rhetorical question because president obama himself has mentioned on the streets of chicago you need one set of gun rules and in wyoming maybe it is something else. i think we have seen that kind of regionalization of laws. connecticut had an assault weapons ban that didn't prevent this tragedy from happening and didn't outlaw the kind of gun you would want to be outlawed for that kind of tragedy. i don't know that the federal government will be able to slice and dice. it will be very difficult and very close if th
% because those people with the intention to do wrong can't buy guns in america. so changing the laws make people face up. >> in the end, it's about the guns because without the guns you don't have the shooting. this particular weapon, the ar-15 assault weapon has been used in the last three mass shootings, in aurora, in the shopping mall, and now in the elementary school. you have been in war zones all over the world. it's near to an m-16 machine gun, a rifle, as you can get, isn't it? >> it is. i can visualize the state of affairs in the classrooms because i have seen that in somalia, what is going on in syria right now, and it is about those particular weapons. i look out and realize that two years ago, i conducted a town hall just like this in the aftermath of the shooting of congresswoman gabrielle giffords and the killing of those people around her in tucson, some of the same people who were there are here today. victims, families, all people crying out for at least at the very least, a dialogue, a sensible, rational conversation, a national discussion where we're not afraid to call
, we should look at gun laws because we at the nra look at gun laws every day. it would have completely changed the tone of how people addressed it. but to say it's all about everything except guns, i think that's one of the reasons that so many reporters have dwaun gone on the attack here saying, come on, you have to talk about this. >> i'm sure that's why networks took it live. they wanted to hear if in the wake of this horrific event, the nra would at least change its approach to gun control or some of the issues of gun control. instead, i think what they saw was an effort to shift the argument away from gun control. >> the nra argument summarized. guns don't kill people, media kill people. so, is there some room here -- >> there's something to go back to your first question. there is something, of course, he is right. wayne lapierre is right when he talks about the dreadful glorification of violence. but we didn't need to learn that from wayne lapierre. >> but in the wake of this horrible tragedy in connecticut where is the media soul searching on its role, their role, these compani
for new gun control laws but little from the nra until now. in a bizarre meeting, the head of the nra said the solution to gun vie lerchs in this country is simple. more guns. armed officers, in fact, in every school. it's the same line we've heard from nra, but has the country's relationship with guns fundamentally changed since newtown? and what we saw is yet another symptom of a real problem for the gop. they don't believe in compromise and they've lurched too far to the right. >>> plus replacing hillary clinton, john kerry gets the job he's waited for his whole life. president obama tapped john kerry as the next secretary of state. >>> and let me finish with the new movie about getting bin laden and how one person can make a huge difference. >>> we begin with the fiscal cliff. david corn is the editor of mother cliff. gentlemen, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to meeting with senate majority leader harry reid. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner, and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work tow
of people calling for new gun control laws but very little from the national rifle association until now. in a bizarre news conference, the head of the nchl ra said the solution of gun violence in this country is simple, more guns. armed officers in every school. it is the same line we have heard before from the nra. has the country's relationship with guns fundamentally changed since newtown. what we saw last night from house republicans is yet another symptom of a real problem for the gop. they don't believe in compromise. they have lurnlged too far to the right. president obama tapped kerry to be the next secretary of state. let me finish with the great new movie about getting bin laden and how one person can make a huge difference. we begin with where things stand on the fiscal cliff. david corn is the washington bureau chief for mother jones magazine and msnbc contributor, jared bernstein was chief economic adviser to vice president biden. gentlemen, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to meeting with senate majority leader harry reid. >> i ju
says it should be used to fix crumbling roads and bridges and military and law enforcement. john wants to know why is it that any time the need to cut spending is up the only thing talked about is social security, medicare and defense. thanks for your responses. "fox news sunday" coming up next. we leave you with sand santas. artists in india carved more than 500 sand sculptures of santa claus to protect the development. have a merry christmas, everybody. >>> i'm chris wallace. talks to avert the fiscal cliff sal and washington debates how to prevent more mass murders. with nine days to go, is it still possible to make a deal to head off big tax increases and spending cuts? captioned by closed captioning services, inc. , republican john borasso and democrat kent conrad. >> as the nation mourns the victims of a newtown school shooting we turn to a man of faith for some answers. in these trying times he sees the need for a spiritual awakening. we will discuss the sandy hook massacre and the meaning of christmas. plus, a change at the state department as the benghazi report is finally rel
laws. underscoring that plea, a gunman killed three people today west of harrisburg, pennsylvania. he was killed later in a shootout with state troopers. since the attack, the nra has been the subject of heavy criticism, but its leaders had refused to do any interviews before this weekend, including the newshour. the group broke its near silence in washington, d.c., this morning. vice president wayne lapierre would not answer any questions, but he read a nearly 25-minute- long statement that called for armed guards in every school. here are excerpts of what he said. he was interrupted twice by protesters. >> the national rifle association's four million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of newtown, connecticut, who have suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime. for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one-- nobody-- has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: how do we protect our children right now, starting today, i
in every school in america, and, are there any laws you could support, in terms of assault guns, assault rifles, in terms of high capacity magazines, tightening background checks, any new gun controls you could support. >> let's step back for a second. i'm a doctor, i'm a father of three. and, i'm from wyoming. a state where we believe strongly in our 2nd amendment rights. we are the people of wyoming, me, personally, are still absolutely committed to filed real solutions that work. so, something like this tragedy never happens again. three more of those children were laid to rest, yesterday. >> chris: i'm asking a specific question. >> very, very, very... very, very hurtful to all of us in this country. i think decisions about schools ought to be made at the local level. i would not want a national effort to say you have to do this in schools. i think local education decisions are best made at the local level. you know, we're going to have a very spirited discussion in congress, in the beginning of next year. we need to look at all of the issues, because what wayne lapierre and the pres
investigated by washington, d.c. police. cops want to know if he violated d.c. gun laws. the reason is this exchange sunday between gregory and the executive vice president of the national rifle association, wayne lapierre. watch. >> here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. isn't it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replace them and said, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets, isn't it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like newtown. >> i don't believe that's going to make one difference. >> police want to know whether the 30-round magazine gregory displayed was real or fake. because possessing a large capacity ammunition device is illegal in the district of columbia, where nbc studios are located. even if it is not attached to the weapon. now, police department spokesperson said nbc asked if it could use the high capacity magazine on air, and it was told no. the network has not responded to cnn's request for comment. >>> next, celebrities who are putting the spotlight on giving. see how actor mat
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particular thing were to happen. >> if the law were to change, we would follow the law. >> gary tuchman, cnn. >> how do you comfort moms and dads whose first graders were murdered? what do you say to the boyfriend going to propose on christmas eve to the woman he loved or the husband who didn't expect to outlive his wife? it has been an overwhelming week for the virtual leaders of newtown. monsignor robert weiss has conducted six funerals in four days alone. he joins me ahead. restore revive rejuvenate rebuild rebuild rebuild [ bells tolling ] >>> one bell rang this morning for each of the victims of the massacre. we just saw five of the children who lost their lives in the shooting one week ago. we want to show you a picture now from the oval office this morning that we just got. president obama pausing during a meeting at 9:30 a.m. for a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting. it was appropriate that it was raining when it marked the moment that 26 lives were taken at that school. it sadly was that kind of day, bleak. what happened seven days ago has produced heartbreak beyond m
adjudicated mentally incompetent by a court of law should be prevented from owning guns. as discussions continue in the weeks ahead, and i know they will, we're going to have many, many discussions in the weeks ahead, we'll take our responsible place at any gathering that seeks meaningful solutions in this country as long as they do not erode even a little bit the freedoms this association exists to protect. >> that was as far as they have ever been willing to go in the past. that was when wayne lapierre at the nra conference in 1999, not two weeks after the columbine shootings. that is what they said was their meaningful contribution back then to support something that was already the law. this is what the nra does, puts the blame on everyone and every thing other than the one thing they do not want to talk about, which is guns. joining us now is councilman ricky burgess from the ninth district, which includes homewood, an area that has had more than its share of lives lost to gun violence. we visited last may when the nra held its annual convention in his hometown of pittsburgh. counc
. congressman jim moran, great to have you with us tonight. let's just identify. it is lax gun laws in america there is a lot of loopholes that have got to be closed. it is the fact that the nra is very influential in elections. but let's put the cards on the table. and i think we have done that tonight. it's the republicans too. it is the republicans. they are as much at fault as anybody else politically in this country when it comes to loose gun laws, and i think if we're just -- come right out and say that, i think we're going to be a heck of a lot better off trying to solve the problem. what republican wants to stand up and do something about what is happening on our streets and schools in this country? coming up, jesse jackson reacts to the nra's call to arms. and later, president obama nominates john kerry for the next secretary of state. presidential historian doug brinkley on why it's a great move for the president. stay with us. >>> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> that was nra executive vice president wayne lapierre, just one week after a gu
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